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  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    ★★★★★

    The Merced river runs through the Yosemite valley, overlooking various waterfalls, giant trees, half dome and other granite monoliths, and of course, the grandaddy of them all: El Capitan. Even now, months after my last visit, I imagine driving along that river and looking up above, with at least some sort of comprehension on the immensity of that rock. To give you the honest truth, it is impossible for someone to understand El Cap unless you’re there. You won’t understand…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    The neon arrow pointing to the basement that is the jazz club “Seb’s” at the end of La La Land (2016) is actually an homage to Suspiria (1977). That’s how powerful this shindig and its lighting is. 

    Thank you for reading my historical fiction novel.

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★½

    Truthfully plays like a two hour PSA that’s expertly acted, set to a superb soundtrack. Another thing that works for it? I didn’t think that was two hours long; It flew by fast, which is good considering how cyclical everything seemed. Timmy was good but it was Steve that made me cry.
    But wait.
    Is that Sampha?
    We gotta go.

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  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★★

    Hello, letterboxd. Been a while. 
    It’s crazy that I’m writing this post. I’ve taken a bit of a break from movies (gasp) and this app. Let me explain. 

    I saw a movie in November that moved me so much I started to come out. Yes, the power of film, blah blah. It was obviously CMBYN, and if you need me to de-abbreviate that, I won’t. Anyway, I needed water after watching it. In fact I’ve needed 100’s of gallons of…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    Here are my thoughts in no particular order: 

    - Damien Chazelle is stealing more of my time than any other director. All his movies demand second viewings, and I fall into the same trap every time: I always realize they’re way better than my first impressions of them. 

    - Another stunning score by Hurwitz. Like La La Land, he has a theme, it’s repetitive until the climaxes, and then it comes back for the resolution of plot. 

    - Where Whiplash…